COP26 Arts Support Fund

In the final weeks to COP we want to support creative projects that are planning to make an impact during COP26.

We believe that arts, creativity and culture can help people think differently about the climate crisis and make the impact that is needed at COP. It can also bring us together across boundaries and bring us face to face with difficult issues.

This fund is to support creative projects, groups and individuals delivering work during COP26 as part of the civil society effort to pressure world leaders to make transformational decisions at the climate talks. 

Funds could go, for example, to support:

  • local communities  creating banners, sculptures or bringing music and performance  to the march on the Day of Action on 6th November.
  • artists already planning work at COP and who need a small additional fund for materials, or fabrication.
  • creative work that involves local communities in COP and what is happening
  • arts and culture that creates welcome and place to gather during COP26


This money is to support community groups, artists and artivists and other civil society groups who wish to use arts and creativity to make an impact at COP26.

We are particularly interested in applications for the following but we know there will be important work that is outside these areas:

  • Projects that aim to have an impact on the talks at COP26
  • projects aiming at engaging local people  with COP26, especially with the march
  • Projects that link Arts and Climate with other campaigns such as disability rights, land rights, language, poverty and social justice, the nature crisis, racial justice, LGBTQ+  

Our focus is on using creativity and the arts to make an impact at COP, support and connect people, and include local communities in COP26.

Due to the small size of the pot, this funding cannot be used to pay for artists' time except in the case where it is a commission by a Glasgow community for a community artist.

We are afraid that we cannot pay groups who are not based in the UK, however we can pay invoices related to work from artists travelling from overseas - eg for materials, fabrication, venues.

No – this is aimed especially at groups who may find it hard to get funding from official sources and you do not need to be constituted, you just need a plan of what you want to spend it on, a budget, and be able to report back on what you have done.

No – because this pot is set up that we pay agreed expenses you don’t need a bank account to receive the money.

For example, if we have agreed to pay for the use of a venue, or rental of some equipment, or some materials we will pay that invoice directly.

This is a very small funding pot of around £7000. We can cover expenses of up to £1000 but projects are more likely to be funded if the costs are lower.   

We anticipate funding around 10-15 activities

We will have a small independent panel to help select proposals who will look at the following criteria when selecting proposals:

  • Is the money going to support a community level/grassroots group/activists? We will prioritise smaller groups who find it hard to access other sources of funding
  • Does the work link into other activities and events around COP - eg the March,  policy campaigns, key issues for COP26?
  • is the work likely to be effective in its aims?
  • does this support participation in COP by others?

  • You should send the agreed invoices to [email protected] for us to pay  
  • We will put information about your activity on this list on the Climate Fringe website and in our events listings if appropriate   
  • After the event please send a short report (200-400 words or a slide deck of photos) including  any particular highlights and learning points 


The funding for the Community activity and events fund has come from SCCS, The Ellerman Foundation and other funders